This year the European Commission Student media award competition will be awarded to the best article which covers EU affairs and which was printed in a student publication in the year previous to the closing date of entries to the Smedia awards 2017* as published on the Generation Y website

Below is list of areas that your article could incorporate. You must include at least one:

  • Brexit
  • Agriculture and the CAP
  • Erasmus
  • 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome
  • The EU and migration
  • Digital agenda
  • Environmental Protection

* If an article is submitted where the publication date is over 12 months it may be admitted on the discretion of the European Commission Representation.

The Winners:

There will be six students shortlisted and the winning student will be announced at the Smedias.

A jury will select the winning article based on the following criteria:

Research into and knowledge demonstrated of chosen topic

Originality and creativity

Quality of writing and ease of reading

Spelling and grammar


The winning student will receive a Smedia award, a cash prize of €1,000 and publication in a regional or on-line newspaper.


The EU Smedia Award is a written competition.

Entries must be in English and must include both a scan of the publication and a word version of the article.

The competition is open to all third level students in Ireland.

Only one entry per student is allowed and the work must be the student’s own.

The deadline for receipt of entries as per Generation Y rules

2nd March-online registration closes

2nd March-entries to office close.

Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

The European Commission reserves the right to reproduce the submitted articles and also to broadcast the winner’s Irish TV recording via our social media channels.

If you have any questions about the competition please email

For our full list of Entry Guidelines see here.

Download: Smedias 2017 Application Form